Pat Cadam of Pat's Garage in San Francisco explains Hybrid car maintenance and how it differs from that of conventional gasoline vehicles. Check out more at More Videos on Driverside: http://www.driverside.com/videos
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I like to testify the following: I bought a Prius at, by then, an age of 4 years and 84.000 km. It had been "sitting" for two years. That did hurt the auxiliary battery, but not the main (high voltage) battery. After another 6 years of use, and now 255.000 km on the counter, the main battery still has it full capacity.
The Prius is not complex, on the contrary, it is less complex that an conventional car with an automatic gear-box. Only the algorithm of the Prius computer is complex!
Bought my 2004 prius at 83k in 2010. I am the 4th owner. Now have 174k. This video is accurate. I have not replaced the brakes since Ive owned it and according to the records of the previous owners, neither did they. I only have to do oil and filter changes every 5k. Changed the plugs at 120k and replaced inverter coolant pump at 165k (cost $550). I am an engineer and keep meticulous records on the cars I've owned (about 14 in my life). This is by far the least expensive car to maintain as well as the one with the best gas mileage. Oh I forgot, the hybrid battery is the original and it still charges to the "green" . I fully expect the battery to outlive the car. I drive the car every day with a combination of city driving and interstate. And another thing, I bought it for 10k. Even if it dies tomorrow, I've got my money out of it.
I won't buy a hybrid.....I log 6000 miles a year...so the cost of gas isn't bad........(Plants need CO2, so take that too).......my SUV is now 16 years old........my cost of ownership is WAY less than ANY Hybrid. The only time a Hybrid makes sense, is the specific yuppie that drives 50K miles a year, and replaces cars every 3~5 years.
another clueless fool, trying to falsely "justify" their SUV, lol........and I'm a v8 guy too!!! But I would NEVER sit there and say "oh my suv is better!".....you're fucking straight up DELLUSIONAL!!! Period....
red7fifty My hybrid is WAY cheaper to own than any of my vehicles, ESPECIALLY my SUV and my Pickup. I'm not a tree hugger or environmentalist. I'm a redneck that loves oil, coal, diesels and guns. I just wanted to learn about hybrids so I bought one. My bumper sticker is going to say "saving fuel to buy more guns."
today is april 28,2017
I have a opportunity to purchase a 2007 prius with 67K Miles for $7K.
The car is beautiful inside out and grandma driven. My worries are the battery( worth have the cost of the vehicle and the car has no Bluetooth. )
Thought and comments are appreciated.
ruskodisco The price of a new car is huge and you lose a LOT of money by driving it off the car lot. A used hybrid will pay for itself in gas mileage. Yes, technology gets better, but new hybrids dont have any special magic. They get slightly better MPG, but not anywhere near enough to offset the huge sticker price. There is no reason to think you need a new car because technology changes. There is nothing obsolete about a 10 year old car. Its not like a computer that needs newer hardware to run upgraded software or something.
I would stay away from cars with Low mileage that are more than a 5 years old.....because they've been Sitting....sitting kills ANY CAR....including prius...and their batteries. Higher mileage cars are usually LESS of a gamble, because they've been driven, maintained, batteries get Cycled on a regular basis... and there's likely no Problems with them, that's why the owner Kept driving it!
My experience differs....
My 2007 Camry Hybrid was meticulously maintained according to all recommended procedures and then some. It ran great up to 102K miles then began having multiple failures.
My hybrid battery failed at 102K miles just out of 100K warranty. No help from Toyota. Price from dealers for repair varied from $5000 - $7000 with 1 year warranty on replacement battery. Third party repair was ~$3000 with 3 year warranty on replacement battery. At 120K miles VSC failed. Dealer explained it could only be fixed by the dealer and wanted $4000 to fix VSC. Independent mechanic fixed it for 1/2 what the dealer wanted. My repairs since 100K miles would have exceed the value of the car if repairs were done by Toyota.
My cost of ownership for the hybrid has far exceeded Toyota's claims and far more than any other car I have owned including non-hybrid Toyota's. All of the routine maintenance was higher than all of my previous vehicle due to special fluids, frequency, and complexity of the maintenance. In many cased the maintenance could only be done by the dealer at much higher costs than independent mechanics.
At no time was my Toyota Camry warranted to 10 years as is claimed here. Low maintenance cost for hybrid is a MYTH!
Tracy Ireland this gentleman owns a garage that works on Prius vehicles therefore it is important to him that the public buys more of those. the chances of him getting your business is higher with every vehicle purchased.
Makis Gkirgkoudis The hybrid batteries almost always outlive the car. Hybrid mechanics will tell you that they saw about 3 hybrid batteries fail in 10 years of working on hybrids. Maybe 1 in 1000 cars or less would have that problem. Even if it happens, you can replace individual battery cells for $40 each. not something to worry about
sorry that happened, but low maintenance for hybrids is NOT a myth. The rare examples of problems don't outweigh the overall statistics. Every type of vehicle can have a few lemons, but its the average of millions of vehicles that matters.